The term ‘denture’ refers to any artificial tooth, but it is typically used in reference to removable dentures that have been created for people who have lost all or some of their natural teeth.

Here are a few frequently asked questions (FAQs) regarding them:

What are Dentures?

Dentures are removable appliances that are used to replace missing teeth and tissue that have been lost, typically as a result of tooth decay, gum disease, or injury. They can be made from metal, plastic, porcelain, or a combination of these materials. In the past, they were made from natural materials such as ivory, bone, or wood.

Today denture teeth are usually made from acrylic resin or polycarbonate resin. They can be secured to the lower jaw with adhesive material, clasped on the side of the mouth (called “occlusal” dentures), attached to the palate (called “palatal” dentures), or suction fastened to the inside of your mouth (called “half-suction” denture). There are many types of dentures available, which dentists choose according to the dental needs of their patients.

Is getting dentures painful?

It is not painful getting them for some people, but others can feel discomfort. Dentists always ensure that their patients are comfortable during any dental treatment. When you are getting dentures for the first time, or there has been a refitting, it will take some to get used to them, but the discomfort goes away soon.

How much do dentures cost?

The cost can vary depending on the material they are made from and who you purchase from. A full set of dentures can cost you up to $1,800. The actual price can be influenced by the dental clinic providing the treatment, overhead costs like customization and extraction of teeth, cost of immediate dentures, and a few other factors.

How to clean dentures?

There are two ways to clean them. Your dentist may recommend you brush your dentures with a dental cleaning product or use an ultrasonic cleaner.

The dental cleaner is easier and cheaper to use, but it may not be as effective. Other than that, you will receive instructions on proper denture care after your treatment and the precautions to practice. You must follow these to maintain oral health as well as the quality of the dentures.

How to whiten dentures?

There are products available in the market that can help in whitening your dentures. However, it is highly recommended that you do not use any product on your dentures without the approval of your dentist. Certain ingredients in these products may damage them. This is why ask your dentist what products to use for cleaning and whitening the dentures.

Do dentures affect eating?

They do not affect eating unless they are ill-fitting or not properly cleaned. After getting them for the first time, you may need a bit of adjusting. After some time, you will be able to eat without hesitation.

To learn more about the treatment, dentures care, or book an appointment for getting affordable dentures in Chula Vista, please call or visit Dr. Nick Addario’s dental clinic.